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Getting adults engaged in Children’s Book Week October 26, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Fall, J is for Juvenile, winter, YA.

One way to encourage family reading is to welcome parents and caregivers into the rich world of children’s fiction. As we know, children’s fiction can be just as gripping as the best adult fiction – in fact, it’s usually faster-paced and threaded with more humor.

Plenty of adults read Harry Potter – you might suggest A Series of Unfortunate Events for those readers. Also, adult authors such as Gregory MacGuire, Neil Gaiman, Meg Cabot, and Carl Hiaasen write books for kids and young adults too.

Other read-with-your-kid author and book suggestions might include:

  • Tamora Pearce for an adult who enjoys Anne McCaffrey
  • Philip Pullman for Gregory MacGuire readers
  • Gary Paulsen for Clive Cussler fans

Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

  • Anthony Horowitz for an adult who enjoys spy novels
  • Roald Dahl for the adult who reads unconventional humorous fiction like Christopher Moore or Neil Gaiman
  • Tony DiTerlizzi for fans of magic realism
  • Eoin Colfer for SF fans
  • Libba Bray for adults who enjoyed The DaVinci Code
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

  • Linda Sue Park for Amy Tan readers
  • L.M. Montgomery for readers of Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Karen Hesse for personal historical fiction a la E.L. Doctorow or John Steinbeck
  • Dana Davidson for urban fiction readers
  • Pam Munoz Ryan for Sandra Cisneros readers

Other J authors whose books appeal to adults include: Christopher Paul Curtis, E.L. Konigsberg, Suzanne Collins, Susan Cooper, Jane Yolen, Kathe Koja, Patricia Reilly Giff



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